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Hokies Blank Lady Flames, 11-0
Virginia Tech posted an 11-0 victory over the visiting Liberty Lady Flames, as the Hokies hit four home runs on Wednesday at Tech Softball Park.
The Hokies improve their record to 28-16, pushing their winning streak to nine games. Liberty falls to 6-38 after sustaining its 11th consecutive setback.
Lauren Gaskill batted 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs for the Hokies, while Dani Anderson went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs. Amanda Ake hit a three-run homer, while Bailey Liddle and Vanessa Gonzalez hit one round tripper apiece.
Katie Zavodny, Marybeth Sciolino, Kelby Allen and Blair Lawrence all recorded one single for Liberty. Zavodny stole her team-leading 22nd base, while Lawrence posted steal No. 13.
Maggie Tyler (14-5) earned the victory for Virginia Tech, pitching three innings of two-hit softball while striking out two. Kelly Heinz pitched the final two innings, yielding two hits and fanning three.
Alyssa DiMartino (3-15) drew the loss, allowing 11 runs on 10 hits, walking six and striking out two in four innings of work.
Virginia Tech staged a seven-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the first. Gonzalez opened the scoring with a solo home run, and Ake later blasted a three-run shot to center. Gaskill hit a three-RBI double with the bases loaded, pushing the Hokies' lead to 7-0.
The Hokies added four tallies on a pair of home runs during the second frame. Smith doubled, and Anderson went deep for a 9-0 advantage. With one runner on and two outs, Liddle lifted one out over the right field fence, making it 11-0, Virginia Tech.
The Lady Flames put a pair of runners on base in the top of the third, beginning when Lawrence singled and stole second with one out. Zavodny reached on an error, and then Sciolino moved both players up with a sacrifice bunt. Megan Robinson grounded out to third, ending the threat.
DiMartino kept the Hokies off the board in the third inning, working around an error by getting two lineouts and a groundout.
Heinz came on in relief of Tyler to begin the fourth stanza. Allen greeted her with a one-out single to right, but she was left there after a strikeout and popout.
The hosts loaded the bases with one out during their fourth time at bat, but Kiara Ota grounded into a fielder's choice and Cailey Isaacs grounded out to third, stranding three Hokies.
Zavodny singled and stole second with two outs in the top of the fifth. Heinz then struck out Sciolino, sealing the 11-0 win.
The Lady Flames return home, and will host Winthrop on Friday and Saturday at Liberty Softball Field. Game one of Friday's doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m., while the Lady Flames and Eagles will play once on Saturday, at 1 p.m.